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Two-thirds of workers working “much longer hours” than before

Over two-thirds of UK professionals (69 per cent) are required to work outside of their regular office hours more than they were five years ago, according to a recent research from Regus, the flexible workspace provider. 

The survey canvassed the opinions of over 3,000 business people in the UK on their attitudes and approaches to work.

A similar proportion of workers (72 per cent) say that fixed hours are no longer suited to their duties; perhaps offering some explanation as to why so much extra time is spent at the office. Seventy-six per cent of respondents also reported a rise in remote workers, further suggesting that the concept of 9-5 day in the office is outdated.

Richard Morris, UK CEO, Regus said These findings clearly show that UK working practices continue to evolve. The fact that so many UK workers finding that regular hours no longer suit their roles, should prompt companies to embrace flexible working practices.”

This research is likely to just be the tip of the iceberg: many entrepreneurs and business leaders work far more than their employees, working through weekends, bank holidays and vacations.

Research from AXA Business Insurance supports this. More than a quarter of small business owners in the UK regularly push past the maximum 48-hour week recommended by the EU Working Time Directive, and 25 per cent put in 51 hours or more a week. For 3 per cent of business owners, they regularly clock up an exhausting 80-hour week.

“Running your own successful business an be a real labour of love, so it’s no great surprise that most small business owners work beyond the standard 35-hour week and are happy to do so,” says Darrell Sansom, MD at AXA Business Insurance.

“What could be a concern is the number of people who frequently put in more late nights and early mornings than experts consider safe or reasonable. Of course hard work is to be applauded, but burnout is bad for business.”


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